10:10 climate campaign gains support from four medical associationsUnited Kingdom
Royal colleges of general practitioners, nursing and psychiatrists, and Great Ormond Street hospital all sign up
Four medical associations signed up to the 10:10 campaign today, acknowledging climate change could pose the "biggest global health threat of the 21st century": the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Great Ormond Street hospital.
Tens of thousands of GPs and thousands of psychiatrists and the RCN will be encouraged to increase energy efficiency to reduce carbon emissions.
Eugenie Harvey, 10:10 UK campaign director, said she was "thrilled" that the four organisations had "committed to reducing their emissions, having all acknowledged the significant threat to human health posed by climate change".
Not only would the bodies cut their emissions by backing the campaign, but they would also save money, she said.
One of the bodies, the RCPsych, said that research showed a low-carbon lifestyle could improve mental health.
10:10 aims to convince Britain to cut its carbon emissions by 10% in 2010. Formally launched in September 2009, by this July there were 3,000 businesses and 80,000 individuals backing it, including the Royal Mail, Ocado and Adidas.
There are now campaigns running in 45 countries around the world.
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